No air conditioning at home?  We explain how to refresh yourself naturally

[CANICULE] And here is the first heat episode of 2022! To best withstand this heat wave, here is how to cool the rooms of the house, without air conditioning.

Météo France has announced it: this week, an intense and early heat wave is settling in France. And on Friday, it will be more than 30°c throughout the territory.

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Air conditioning, a false good idea

Against the heat, many of us want to invest in “the” easy solution: air conditioning. Yes, but here it is: it is not ideal for health. First, for the throat and the eyes, which find themselves irritated and dried out by this constant flow of conditioned air.

Then, for allergies: indeed, the constant mixing of air (often in an enclosed space) promotes the circulation of allergens (pollen, animal hair, etc.) which can aggravate symptoms in allergic people.

Worse: according to specialists, poorly maintained air conditioning can quickly become… a veritable nest of bacteria! The filters become clogged with dust, the water condensation tank becomes populated with bacteria and mold, and all these undesirables are released into the atmosphere.

How to bear the heat wave?

With a few simple good habits, it is possible to naturally refresh your interior to better cope with the hot weather. The first reflex to adopt today if you had forgotten it since last summer: drink at least one bottle of water a day. Because the first risk, in case of heat, remains dehydration.

  • Don’t drink alcohol
  • Avoid exertion, especially during the hottest hours of the day
  • Spend several hours a day in a cool place
  • Eat enough (for example one of these recipes for gazpachos and cold soups)
  • In case of emergency or illness, call 15.

>> Stay alert to the symptoms of heat stroke: red, hot and dry skin (without perspiration), intense headaches, nausea and/or vomiting, incoherent speech and/or confusion, a feeling of discomfort… It is then imperative to call the SAMU (15 or 112).

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